If you just can’t get enough of spicy food, you’re in luck!
There are several ways to add more heat to your meal, no matter whether you’re looking for a little boost of flavor or a mouthwatering experience on the Scoville Scale.
Depending on your preference, there are plenty of pepper products out there to get the job done. That’s a good thing, because spicy food not only tastes great, but it’s often good for you.
In fact, there are at least six good reasons to eat more spicy food that are tied directly to better health.
- Better heart health
Capsaicin is the compound found in hot peppers that makes them so spicy hot. Capsaicin can also help your heart. It’s been tied to lower blood pressure and it’s been shown to lower bad cholesterol, which is what increases the risk of heart disease.
- Cancer fighter
Some research also suggests capsaicin can help protect you from cancer by slowing down or even destroying cancer cells.
- Metabolism boost
If you want to lose weight and boost your metabolism, capsaicin may help with that, too. While you can’t go overboard on junk food, adding in some spicy food can help your body burn more calories and burn more energy. Eating it may also help you feel fuller longer.
- Gut health
Capsaicin may also help keep your gut healthy because its anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
- Depression fighter
If you just want to feel better overall, capsaicin can also help with depression. When you consume capsaicin, your body releases endorphins. In turn, it makes you feel good.
- Pain relief